The Big Sick is One of 2017’s Best Films

The Big Sick is one of the best films to come out so far in 2017. Directed by Michael Showalter from a screenplay written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant, and Kurt Braunohler.  Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel produce. To say that this film is a laugh riot would not be an understatement. …

"The Big Sick is One of 2017’s Best Films"

Paul Currie talks about upcoming thriller 2:22

Paul Currie, an Australian filmmaker who directed the upcoming romantic thriller 2:22, spoke with Solzy at the Movies on Monday afternoon. Thanks for joining Solzy at the Movies today.  How are things going? Paul Currie:  It’s very good.  How are you? I’m doing well.  Having just watched 2:22 the other day, I am amazed at the recreation of Grand Central in New York.  Given how much of the film is set at Grand Central, were…

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Please Give Independent Films a Chance

At a time when so many studio films are the rave of the box office, it’s the independent films that need to be supported by audiences. One week after the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, this week sees the following two indie films get expansions in their release: The Big Sick and The Beguiled.  In addition, Baby Driver will go wide in 3,100 theaters tomorrow.  It’s not an indie but the Edgar Wright film…

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Baby Driver: Music drives Edgar Wright’s Action Thriller

Baby Driver is one of the best films of the first half of 2017 and director Edgar Wright uses music to the film’s advantage. Written and directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. My initial thought as I watched the movie last Wednesday was that Baby Driver utilizes the music at a level that the Guardians of the Galaxy…

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Beatriz at Dinner: Healer takes on Business Mogul

Beatriz at Dinner offers intriguing social commentary as a healer takes on a business mogul at dinner and throughout the evening. Directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Mike White, the indie film stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky, and John Early. Beatriz  (Hayek) is invited to her client’s dinner party at her Newport Beach mansion when her car breaks down.  Beatriz is so…

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Look & See celebrates Wendell Berry

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry celebrates the life of the acclaimed Kentucky poet, teacher, farmer, and activist, Wendell Berry. Laura Dunn directed, produced, and edited the film while Jeff Sewell serves as co-director, producer , and visual designer.  Filmmakers Robert Redford and Terrence Malick executive produce.  Owsley Brown III, Gill Holland, Brenda Mitchell, Elaine Mussellman, and Nick Offerman co-produced the film. In addition to the aforementioned Berry, the main people interviewed include…

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2:22 – What If Groundhog Day Was A Thriller?

If Groundhog Day had been made as a thriller, it’s possible that 2:22 could have been that film. Directed by Paul Currie from a screenplay written by Todd Stein and Nathan Parker, 2:22 stars Michael Huisman, Teresa Palmer, and Sam Reid. Dylan Branson (Michael Huisman) is an air traffic controller at JFK airport.  While guiding plans to and from the ground, a flash of light occurs at 2:22 PM and when he comes to moments…

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Studio Tentpoles are hurting this summer

There’s no denying the power that Rotten Tomatoes has on making or breaking a studio tentpole. This is something that we’ve been seeing at the box office since the summer movie season started.  Studio tentpoles aren’t critic-proof no matter how many times these actors or filmmakers say that it wasn’t made for the critics.  Critics are people, too.  The first thing I ask myself when I start to write a screenplay is whether it’s a…

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Neighborhood Food Drive is A Unique Dark Comedy

Neighborhood Food Drive is a unique comedy that sends a message of what you shouldn’t do if your restaurant has a negative image. Jerzy Rose directs from a screenplay by Halle Butler, Mike Lopez, and Rose.  The dark comedy stars Lyra Hill, Bruce Bundy, Ruby McCollister, Marcos Barnes, and Ted Tremper.  Jared Larson, Mike Lopez, Halle Butler, Rhoda Griffis, Chris Sullivan, John Parsons, Tommy Heffron, and Johnathan Nieves also star. Madeline (Hill) and Naomi (Bundy)…

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Jurassic Park at 24: How Steven Spielberg’s Film Changed My Life

Jurassic Park was released 24 years ago on June 11, 1993 and this film changed my life as it was the one that set me on a course of wanting a filmmaking career. I still remember the first time I watched the film in 1993 at Showcase Cinemas and how I flinched when the Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared on screen for the first time.  To this day, I still find myself either quoting the film or…

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